WinZip

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 1774 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    17.0
  • Total Downloads:
    210,598,084
  • Date Added:
    October 16, 2012
  • File Size:
    853.2KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    22,757
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7/8

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Editors' Review

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WinZip continues to push off last year's momentum with version 17 to persuade users that it remains significant in today's world of computing.

Much of what's under the hood remains solid and hasn't aged. The latest entry builds upon the 64-bit ZIP engine from 2011 by adding additional OpenCL support for multicore CPUs like Ivy Bridge and AMD Fusion. But in version 17, WinZip's redesigned ribbon interface and workflow takes the spotlight.

WinZip has opted to simplify the way users manage their archives with a redesigned ribbon. The language is easier to understand and bears some resemblance to a certain "office" product. Deeply ingrained in WinZip's application is now a slew of integrative additions to popular cloud services like Dropbox, SkyDrive, and Google Drive. WinZip acknowledges that users rely on many different online storage services, some even two or three, and aims to defragment the workflow of having to go to different places to manage files and accounts. By enabling direct access to these services from within its own interface, WinZip 17 lets you easily access and upload your archived files. It's a welcome addition on top of the encryption measures that come with the application. Archives and accessing multiple cloud accounts from one location felt seamless and worked well once logged in to all relevant accounts.

On the downside, users who don't have pro accounts or are working with large files will find this feature limiting. All three supported cloud services, along with ZipSend, come with file size caps at anywhere between 25MB to 50MB for the free accounts. If you want to take advantage of these services to send and upload larger files, you must set up premium accounts on your own.

WinZip 17 also includes a built-in file converter and image-resizing presets. When adding photos to archives, users can opt to set a default image size for any photos added to the archive. We can imagine this feature being quite useful for sending large volumes of high-resolution photos over e-mail. Documents can also be converted to PDFs, complete with custom watermarks.

One other feature that makes a return is the social-sharing option within WinZip: users can broadcast their ZIPs and archives to Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. The feature works about as well as in the previous version, but also lacks some critical functions we were hoping to see: you still can't tag friends or call them out specifically from within the WinZip interface, and there's not much integration with your Facebook account outside of posting a status update with the link. We found that limited notion of sharing a potentially critical file in an indiscriminate status update a bit at odds with WinZip's collective approach to creating a collaborative workflow and adding security,.

WinZip remains a slick, snappy tool for managing ZIP files, and the cloud support is a welcome addition. Though WinZip is heading in the right direction when it comes to performance and accessibility, its social-sharing attempt still remains lackluster and gimmicky. There are plenty of good things to go around in WinZip, and we were pleased with the new package overall.

 
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    "Installs Malware!"

    October 16, 2014   |   By crm115

    Version: WinZip 9.0

    Pros

    It will install something that unzips things

    Cons

    It will also install Malware. It installs a browser hijacker called Astromenda.

    Summary

    Don't install this. It installs malware. If you want any more proof of the shadiness of this download, look at the positive reviews. Some of them are just copy and paste jobs presumably from one person lazily submitting multiple reviews.

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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 17.0
    Version 17:
    • Secure sharing in the cloud - Direct integration with SkyDrive, Dropbox and Google Drive makes it simple to protect files from prying eyes and save on storage costs by zipping and encrypting (with 128- or 256-bit AES encryption) the files you store and share on the cloud.
    • Manage and share from the cloud - WinZip 17 lets users see and organize the files saved in their SkyDrive, Dropbox and Google Drive accounts. When sharing, WinZip automatically creates links to these files that you can easily send from your own email.
    • Zip and share files to social media - With the integrated ZipShare service, share any file format to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, making it easy to broadcast a wider selection of content on all three social media services at once.
    • Convert and share the right file, the right way - As you zip and send, files can now be instantly converted on the fly to the best possible format for sharing. Convert Microsoft Office documents to PDF for added protection; watermark photos and PDF files; and scale down photos to more reasonable sizes without taking any extra steps.
    • Updated UI and more intuitive zipping and unzipping - Context-sensitive ribbon toolbars display the right tools for zipping and unzipping, sharing to the cloud or sending files by email.
    • ZipSend service makes it easy to send large files via email - Integrated into WinZip 17 and offering plug-in support for Microsoft Outlook, ZipSend makes it simple to send files up to 50 MB for free directly from your email without requiring you to change the way you work.
    General
    Publisher WinZip Computing
    Publisher web site http://www.winzip.com/
    Release Date October 16, 2012
    Date Added October 16, 2012
    Version 17.0
    Category
    Category Utilities & Operating Systems
    Subcategory File Compression
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 853.2KB
    File Name winzip185-cnet.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 210,598,084
    Downloads Last Week 22,757
    Pricing
    License Model Free to try
    Limitations 21-day trial
    Price $29.95

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